Volkswagen’s Sebastian Ogier made Hat Trick by Claiming Winning Position in FIA WRC -Rally of Portugal
Sebastian Ogier and co-driver Sebastian Ogier claimed an impressive victory in the FIA World Rally Championship of Portugal on Sunday. They won by 58.2 seconds on the Rally de Portugal ahead of Mikko Hirvonen in a Citroen DS3.
It is the third consecutive victory in FIA 2013 World Rally Championship claimed by Sebastian Ogier on the Rally of Portugal, which ended in the Algarve on 14th April 2013. Consequently, Ogier leads in the FIA Drivers’ Championship with102 points, 54 ahead of Hirvonen in second. He had won the Portuguese round twice before with Citroen in 2010 and 2011. Yesterday’s win was also the ninth at World Rally Championship level for the Ogier.
The Frenchman had to overcome an energy-sapping virus and a transmission problem on Sunday morning to battle it out on the Algarve’s gravelly roads. However, when he earned another three bonus championship points by winning the SS15 Power Stage in the round four of the World Rally Championship, he was keenly relieved.
With his second position, Mikko Hirvonen collected valuable points for the team after Sordo’s accident yesterday. Ogier’s team mate Jari-Matti Latvala claimed the final point with the third best run in his Polo R, 3m06.3s behind Hirvonen. Like Ogier, Latvala had also faced technical scare on the opening stage due to a broken driveshaft that cost him more than four minutes and dropped behind a chasing Hirvonen. He rounded off the rally with a bonus point on the Power Stage and was delighted by his third place in his first podium with Volkswagen.
The Russian man, Evgeny Novikov claimed the fourth position in a Fiesta RS, more than a minute behind Latvala and finished 5m27s off Ogier’s lead.
Nasser Al-Attiyah rounded the podium at fifth place in his Fiesta RS and completed 2m25s behind Novikov. The Norwegian youngster, Andreas Mikkelsen was sixth on his first event in Volkswagen’s Polo R.
The Dutchman, Dennis Kuipers would have made it to the seventh position if his Ford Fiesta RS had not developed technical problem in the engine at the end of SS14 and he retired on the road section to SS15.
Consequently, Martin Prokop made it to the seventh place in a Fiesta RS, while Ostberg in a similar car salvaged four points for eighth position in the Rally. Osterberg also earned two bonus points in his Ford Fiesta RS for finishing second on the Power Stage.
At the ninth and tenth positions were; Khalid Al Qassimi in Citroen DS 3and Esapekka Lappi in a Skoda Fabia S2000 respectively.
The fifth round of the FIA World Rally Championship begins in less than three weeks and takes the contestants to South America for Rally Argentina (1-4 May).
Result of 2013 FIA WRC Vodafone Rally de Portugal
|Position||Driver / Co-Driver||Time Taken||Time Difference from Leader|
|1||S. Ogier / Ingrassia J.||4:07:38.7||0.0|
|2||M. Hirvonen / J. Lehtinen||4:08:36.9||+58.2|
|3||J. Latvala / Anttila M.||4:11:43.2||+4.04.5|
|4||E. Novikov / I. Minor||4:13:06.4||+5:27.7|
|5||N. Al-Attiyah / G. Bernacchini||4:15:22.2||+7:43.5|
|6||A. Mikkelsen / M. Markkula||4:17:18.5||+9:39.8|
|7||M. Prokop / M. Ernst||4:22:42.9||+15:04.2|
|8||M. Østberg / J. Andersson||4:23:22.3||+15:43.6|
|9||K. Al Qassimi / S. Martin||4:23:35.6||+15:56.9|
|10||E. Lappi / J. Ferm (WRC2)||4:23:59.7||+16.21.0|
2013 FIA WRC – Driver’s overall standing after Vodafone Rally de Portugal
|Position||Driver||Points from Rally Monte Carlo||Points from Rally Sweden||Points from Rally Guanajuato Mexico||Points from Rally de Portugal||Total Earned Points|
|20.||Khalid Al Qassimi||-||0||-||2||2|
|22.||Yazeed Al Rajhi||-||1||-||-||1|
2013 FIA WRC – Co-Driver’s overall standing after Vodafone Rally de Portugal
|Position||Co-Driver||Points from Rally Monte Carlo||Points from Rally Sweden||Points from Rally Guanajuato Mexico||Points from Rally de Portugal||Total Earned Points|
|6.||Carlos del Barrio||15||R||12||0||27|
2013 FIA WRC – Motorsport Manufacture’s overall standing after Vodafone Rally de Portugal
|Position||Motorsport Manufacture’s||Points from Rally Monte Carlo||Points from Rally Sweden||Points from Rally Guanajuato Mexico||Points from Rally de Portugal||Total Earned Points|
|2.||Citroen Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team||37||20||30||20||107|
|3.||Qatar M-Sport World Rally Team||10||21||6||18||55|
|4.||Qatar World Rally Team||0||10||25||1||36|
|5.||Abu Dhabi Citroen Total World Rally Team||15||0||8||4||27|
|6.||Jipocar Czech National Team||0||8||6||8||22|
|7.||Lotos WRC Team||8||4||0||0||12|
|8.||Volkswagen Motorsport 2||-||-||-||10||10|
Photos of 2013 FIA WRC Rally de Portugal
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